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Books for Pride Month

June is LGBTQI – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex – Pride month, and here are some 2015 publications in our collection:

human agendaThe Human Agenda: conversations about sexual orientation and gender identity by Joe Wenke features talks that the author had with – among others – Y-Love, an African American hip hop artist who converted to Orthodox Judaism and then came out as gay; 2 sets of gay dads who are parenting in spite of lacking the legal protections that would name them both as parents to their children; Hina Wong-Kalu, a teacher of traditional Hawaiian culture and a mahu, someone who straddles the binary between male and female; the founder of a support group that serves LGBTQI people with intellectual disabilities; and two young women who founded Everyone is Gay, which started as an advice column for gender non-conforming teens and has transformed into an advocacy group. Joe Wenke, Y-Love and Gisele Xtravaganza (also featured in the book) will be at the library to discuss the book on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm. Reception to follow

Adult onsetAdult onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novel with obvious ties to the author’s own life. The protagonist, a successful novelist before parenthood, is being a stay-at-home mom to two young children while her partner focuses on her career. Underlying humorous domestic scenes is a sense of dread and a threat of violence. 



mommymancoverMommy man: How I went from mild-mannered geek to gay superdad by Jerry Mahoney is the chronicle of Jerry’s and his husband’s quest to become fathers, eventually opting for gestational surrogacy. As the title and cover art indicate, their quest is ultimately successful.        



Raising my rainbowRaising my rainbow: Adventures in raising a fabulous, gender creative son by Lori Duron grew out of the author’s blog on raising a boy who gravitates towards toys, clothes and activities usually associated with girls. 

Posted by Barbara | 4 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on Books for Pride Month

Books for Mothers Day

lost in suburbia

Lost in suburbia : how I got pregnant, lost myself, and got my cool back in the New Jersey suburbs by Tracy Beckerman. 2013

Have you ever gone to pick up your kid after school, only to be pulled over by a cop, who tells you you’re still in your bathrobe? Beckerman has. Does she really get her cool back? Is it even worth it? Read the book and find out.



things I should have told my daughterThings I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs by Pearl Cleage. 2014.

Poet, essayist and prize-winning playwright Cleage takes the reader back to how she lived in the 1970s and 80s, chronicling her life as a college student, civil rights activist, speechwriter for the first African American mayor of Atlanta, writer and mother.



glitter and glue

Glitter and glue : a memoir by Kelly Corrigan. 2014.

In 1992, college graduate Corrigan left for a round-the-world-trip. Running out of money in Australia, she took on a job as a nanny to a new widower’s two young children. In the course of caring for her grieving charges, Corrigan comes to appreciate her mother’s (the “glue” of the title) bromides.



if it's not one thingIf it’s not one thing, it’s your mother by Julia Sweeney. 2013.

Saturday Night Live alum Sweeney parlayed into theatrical monologues her experience of cervical cancer (“God said HA!”) and the adoption of her daughter in China (“In the family way”). This book is a collection of essays covering her entire life span, leading up to her life now,  happily married, living in Chicago, and with her daughter thriving.


Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 7 May 2015 | Comments Off on Books for Mothers Day

Ruth Rendell


 Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of over sixty thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Rendell’s best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford – whose character she said she had based on herself – was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. Rendell also generated a separate brand of crime fiction that explored deeply into the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. This theme was developed further in a third series of novels, written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine.

She sat in the House of Lords for the Labour Party, where she introduced the bill that would later become the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

Ina Rimpau

Posted by Barbara | 5 May 2015 | Comments Off on Ruth Rendell

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